The Beautiful (Signed Book)

The Beautiful (Signed Book)

by Renée Ahdieh

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Instant New York Times and Indie Bestseller!

New York Times bestselling author Renée Ahdieh returns with a sumptuous, sultry and romantic new series set in 19th century New Orleans where vampires hide in plain sight.

In 1872, New Orleans is a city ruled by the dead. But to seventeen-year-old Celine Rousseau, New Orleans is a safe haven after she's forced to flee her life as a dressmaker in Paris. Taken in by the sisters of the Ursuline convent in the middle of the carnival season, Celine is quickly enraptured by the vibrant city, from its music to its fancy soirées and even its danger. She becomes embroiled in the city's glitzy underworld, known as La Cour des Lions, after catching the eye of the group's enigmatic leader, Sébastien Saint Germain.

When the body of one of the girls from the convent is found in Sébastien's own lair—the second dead girl to turn up in recent weeks—Celine battles her attraction to Sébastien and suspicions about his guilt along with the shame of her own horrible secret.

After a third murder, New Orleans becomes gripped by the terror of a serial killer on the loose—one who has now set Celine in his sights. As the murderer stalks her, Celine finally takes matters into her own hands, only to find herself caught in the midst of an age-old feud between the darkest creatures of the night, where the price of forbidden love is her life.

At once a sultry romance and a decadent, thrilling mystery, master storyteller Renée Ahdieh embarks on her most potent fantasy series yet.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780593108710
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 11/16/2019
Edition description: Signed Edition
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 6,047
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.60(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Renée Ahdieh is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In her spare time, she likes to dance salsa and collect shoes. She is passionate about all kinds of curry, rescue dogs, and college basketball. The first few years of her life were spent in a high-rise in South Korea; consequently, Renée enjoys having her head in the clouds. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband and their tiny overlord of a dog. She is the author of Flame in the Mist and Smoke in the Sun as well as the #1 New York Times bestselling The Wrath and the Dawn and its sequel, The Rose and the Dagger.

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The Beautiful 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Sherriska 9 months ago
When I read the synopsis of Beautiful, my first thought was FINALLY. Finally the vampires return to YA under the worthy pen of someone like Renee Ahdieh. I could not wait to sink my teeth(sorry!) into this one. I must stop here and agree with some of the other reviews who wished for more vampires. A wisp here and there, a brief mention or a bloodied corpse was really all the reader was given. Simply not enough. I never felt fully grounded with either Celine(whose infatuation with Shakespeare started grating after a while) or Bastien's crew, although I did enjoy the budding romance between the two. I also couldn't tell what the deal was with Bastien through most of the novel--he's mortal? he's other? What in his lineage is so important that he must be protected at all costs? Still can't answer that one... I will definitely read the next one because I am curious how Renee picks things back up. On a last note--I would LOVE to read a vampire tale that does not have to include werewolves...just sayin'...
heykymmie 4 months ago
Innocently Dark Before reading this excerpt, I've read a Young Adult book with informal writing style, so when I jumped into this, I kind of had a struggle shifting to understand every word this book has. It wasn't until I was able to read the "murder" scene. It was fascinating how it was told, the warm sticky red blood that was supposed to be a kiss from a gentleman suggests that there's more to the story. I found out that the genre is Paranormal with a subtle introduction to Vampires. It was never mentioned anything in the book about vampires, fangs, thirst, sunburn or any of those 'myths' about it. It was difficult to read the French phrases as I do not know the translation by heart but nonetheless, there were context clues that makes it more interesting. Will I buy the book? Maybe. I would like to see how this creature hunt his next victim and know his weaknesses. Before reading this excerpt, I've read a Young Adult book with informal writing style, so when I jumped into this, I kind of had a struggle shifting to understand every word this book has. It wasn't until I was able to read the "murder" scene. It was fascinating how it was told, the warm sticky red blood that was supposed to be a kiss from a gentleman suggests that there's more to the story. I found out that the genre is Paranormal with a subtle introduction to Vampires. It was never mentioned anything in the book about vampires, fangs, thirst, sunburn or any of those 'myths' about it. It was difficult to read the French phrases as I do not know the translation by heart but nonetheless, there were context clues that makes it more interesting. Will I buy the book? Maybe. I would like to see how this creature hunt his next victim and know his weaknesses.
Heart-of-a-Book-Blogger 2 days ago
Renée Ahdieh is a master storyteller. She instantly became an auto-buy author for me after I read her beautiful, mesmerizing THE WRATH AND THE DAWN. I was really excited to see her take on vampires, especially them in historic New Orleans and I am happy to announce that it did not disappoint. Renée Ahdieh's writing is lush, lyrical, and oh so lovely. I devoured every word of hers and absolutely loved all of the new characters she introduced us to. The setting itself was wonderful and all of the detail included were beautiful. I am so excited for the sequel (and conclusion) THE DAMNED to be released. Can we take a moment to talk about how wonderful both of the titles and covers are? So fantastic.
AliciaReadsIt 6 days ago
I loved this dark and mysterious tale with a classic twist. Beautiful girl falls for beautiful mysterious creature. It gave me major Pirates of the Caribbean vibes with a dash of The Originals. I also really enjoyed the mystery aspect to this, which is not a genre I typically read, so that surprised me. I really enjoyed this style of writing. I have never read a Renee Ahdieh book before, and I found it was incredibly easy to follow. It was also full of rich and lyrical descriptions, which I love. Celine is a completely relatable character. She was quite witty and I loved how her slightly rough persona could get her in and out of trouble easily. I also really loved the dark and mysterious Sebastian. He was just the right amount of hot meets brooding for me. Overall I really enjoyed it, and it wasn't the typical vampire book, which surprised me. I can't wait for the next book coming out later this year.
Kaleena 21 days ago
I know this sounds dramatic, but CALL THE POLICE! I've been personally victimized by this amazing book. The writing is lush and captivating, the characters are vivid, and the chemistry between characters oozes off the page. Honestly, it has been three months since I read this book and I could write this review from memory. The atmosphere of this book is all-encompassing. Set in 1870s New Orleans, the city comes alive for the reader. I've been there once and felt like the book transported me back onto its streets. The lush descriptions paint such a full picture of being there and draws in the senses. Food is an important part of the city's culture so it has a place of importance in the story and how Celine experiences New Orleans. The city itself is definitely a character in its own right. The pacing of the book is slow at first. You can tell that Ahdieh was focused on the atmosphere and slowly building it up as the plot progresses towards the climax. I was so enraptured by the characters and setting that I didn’t mind the pacing, but it may be difficult for some readers, especially if you are coming in expecting an action-packed vampire tale. I thought that Ahdieh did a fantastic job weaving tension into the narrative with the Vampire POV; I was hopelessly hooked from start to finish! "I am not the worst thing that's ever happened to me, nor am I the worst thing I've ever done. Nothing in life is that simple." This is a narrative - barring the Secret Murdering Vampire POV - that delves into the inner thoughts and feelings of the main character Celine. At 17, she has fled her home in Paris to escape her past and starts life anew at the Ursuline convent in New Orleans. Her past haunts her and she is fearful it will catch up with her. Celine feels trapped by not only her past but also society and its expectations of her. It's the 1870s after all, so her fierce and independent nature is looked down upon by pretty much everyone. The life she thought she would have is no longer within reach, but she isn't quite sure she wants the one waiting for her either. "Knowing who you are is necessary in order to determine who you want to be." The Beautiful draws on the multicultural history of the city and is gloriously diverse. I love the sense of feeling accepted and home that Celine feels straight away in NOLA because of it is a blending of so many cultures. This is historical fantasy done right: accurate for the times but not falling into the traps of being racist and sexist. Celine and other characters buck at the expectations of society, while others prefer subterfuge. I loved the characters of this book. Bastien and his Panama hat. Odette with her pretty dresses and pants "Some days I adore wearing corsets and dresses. But sometimes it pays to wear pants." Pippa and her steadfast friendship to Celine. Every single one of them (and more) are fully realized with their own desires and backstories. Celine is just doing her best but she makes mistakes and is a flawed character, which I appreciate. The romance and chemistry is the slowest burn, and friends, I am here for it. Their chemistry oozes off of the page whenever they are in the same room, a certain kind of magnetism that I don't often find depicted well in books. The longing and desire is intense. (Unrelated but I just remembered the ending of the book and am in need of the sequel right now.) I absolutely loved this book with every ounce of my being and it is a fave of 2019.
Emily Grace Acres 21 days ago
Don't let the 3 stars mislead you, I definitely enjoyed this book! Set in the late 19th century in New Orleans, Louisiana and following Celine, a young woman recently emigrated from France after an unpleasant past she would prefer to leave behind. The setting was one of my favorite parts of the book. I felt that the author did a great job building the atmosphere and really imbued the story with the sticky, muggy, dark New Orleans environment. Likewise was pleasantly surprised with the characters and their complexity given this is a somewhat typical YA romance story. I really enjoyed Celine and felt the romantic interests were also enjoyable. If this sounds up your street I would definitely suggest you give it a go. Just be sure to go in expecting what it is: a fun, broody YA romance with many of the normal tropes, and not what it isn't: a new, unique storyline that will subvert your expectations. Great first book in the series, looking forward to future installments now that the set-up in book one is complete!
Emy Medina 22 days ago
Loved the setting and the romance was superb
CyndyDeLeon 4 months ago
I do not understand why this book has a lower rating on some sites. It was one of my favorite books of 2019. Celine and Sebastien are my new favorite characters, and I cannot wait till the second book comes out. Celine is running from something in Paris where she has grown up, and is basically hiding in New Orleans. She's supposed to be a nice quiet girl helping out the nuns, but that seems to be the last thing Celine is capable of. She meets Sebastien, and the rest of the court of lions, and everything that happens after is wonderful and scary and I'm so glad vampires are back! Renee Ahdieh did an amazing job of weaving this beautiful story together, I felt transported to 1872. I've always wanted to go to New Orleans, and this book just solidified that. not understand why this book has a lower rating on some sites.
SpinesthatShine 4 months ago
An Entertaining Vampire Tale, but Not Perfect. 4/5 Stars Author: Renee Ahdieh Publisher/Imprint: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Edition: Hardcover, 425 Pages Publication Date: October 08, 2019 A Spine that Shines: Fairly Well *I received this book for free by redeeming points through Penguin Reader Rewards. It did not affect my review of this book. These are my honest opinions. Thank you.* ‘When life becomes difficult, the only source of strength we have is love. Love of others, love of self, love of life in its entirety.’ -Renee Ahdieh, The Beautiful Initial Thoughts: The Beautiful was not quite what I expected, as seems to be the case with most books I’ve read this past month. I’ve previously read three of Renee Ahdieh’s earlier novels and loved them. This particular novel was entertaining, but not perfect. At first, I was going back and forth between 3.5 or 4 stars. But I ended up going with 4 stars since I think the ending of the book took a rather interesting turn, and I have a feeling I may enjoy the sequel more than the first book. Here are a few quick things I wanted to point out: I really liked the historical New Orleans setting in this novel. I thought it was a creepy, interesting location that I don’t often get to read about. The obvious strength of Renee’s writing is her ability to write lush descriptions, as many other readers have noticed. Renee succeeds in making the 1872 New Orleans setting come alive in a very vivid, atmospheric way. Renee’s writing style is lyrical and poetic. Sometimes, sentences come across as a bit dramatic – such as when a sentence is split in two for effect. But overall, it has a lovely cadence. To be honest, this book did feel a little long. Sometimes, when elaborate descriptions or talk of high society fills the pages, the pacing slows down a bit. Thankfully, the pace near the end of the novel picks up nicely. The descriptions of clothing feel authentic; the author definitely did her research on the clothing of the time period. It is also interesting to see people of many different cultural backgrounds as characters in this story. I liked the different languages that are included in the dialogue. There were moments in which I didn’t fully understand all of the lines, but I could usually get the gist of it if it wasn’t translated on the page. The murder mystery aspect of the story caught my attention, too. I like a good mystery! Celene’s progress with this particular mystery proceeds a bit slowly, but I enjoyed following along while she played detective. There are tons of references to Shakespeare, and I loved those! The first-person POV chapters from an unknown narrator are intriguing. However, I do think readers are kept in the dark perhaps a tad too long. It might have been beneficial to understand what was going on earlier; because the reveals do feel squished into the end of the novel, I didn’t really have time to process everything in my mind. ‘She was not a victim. She was a survivor.’ -Renee Ahdieh, The Beautiful Characters & Romance: The characters in The Beautiful are okay. I think the characters are the novel’s main weakness. I didn't understand all of the different feuds going on. But this book was still entertaining, and Renee is still one of my favorite authors. I am still interested in finding out what happens to the characters and the romance in the sequel!
faunne 5 months ago
Eager for the Sequel After reading the sample provided, I was determined to obtain a copy. The setting is captivating: New Orleans, 1872, right around Mardi Gras. There are festivals and parades and the whole city is bright with celebration, despite the recent gruesome murder of a young girl. A group of girls from various countries in Europe have landed at port and will come to live at a convent, where they will work and hope to be matched with a husband. All are escaping something in their past, making this their best chance for a good life. Celine's past is darkest of all and she is desperate to keep it hidden. However, darkness seems to follow her, and she can't help but admit her increasing attraction to it. One of the best aspects of the novel is how it challenges the social norms of the era. For instance, minorities have positions of authority and are well-respected, and the fashionable Odette proudly wears trousers. Bastien is a minority and he is widely regarded as the handsomest of devils by everyone who looks upon him. I had high hopes embarking on this novel. I read it over the course of a week as a buddy read on Instagram with daily discussions. Unfortunately, it wasn't as spectacular as I had hoped. The storyline is just a little lackluster, as are Celine's interactions with her two potential love interests. I was left feeling sort of incomplete after finishing the book. The ending is a cliffhanger, and the way it concluded is compelling enough that I am excited to read the second book in the series when it is published. Overall, this was a good book, and I'm hoping that its sequel will be even better.
agustplz 5 months ago
I'm OBSESSED with this book. The writing is perfect, Bastien is swoon-worthy, and the cliffhangers! Help! I can't wait for The Damned next year to see how this all ends!
Lisa_Loves_Literature 5 months ago
I was immediately drawn into this story with its vivid descriptions of a New Orleans from yesterday. Even with the paranormal aspect to the story, having been to New Orleans several times over the past year and having wandered around the city on my own, I could feel as if I was right in the story with the characters. The glamor and beauty of the upper society as well as the sinfulness of the underworld that Celine found herself in was so beautifully described, I wish I could have actually seen it with my eyes in pictures. I was kept guessing throughout as to who the killer was, my guess never really landed on who it turned out to be, and I do love when there are hints and clues but you still are surprised. Especially when the surprise is still feasible and makes sense. I'm also pleased that while it had an ending that could satisfy if there were no more books to follow, it is supposed to have a sequel, and the cover is just as beautiful, but in a different way. While we are pretty sure of vampires with this story when you begin and from the synopsis, there are other creatures, and that makes it so much more intriguing of a story. A few issues I had, one point, somewhat early on in the relationship or scenes between Celine and Sebastien, there are a few lines about it was the first time she'd heard him laugh like that, or the first time he'd smiled like that. That bugged me, because she had just met him, so yeah, it would be the first time she'd have heard or seen those things, and so, really? Now I had to put it down to read some other books I had to review for blog tours, and there were a couple weeks I went without reading at all. When I picked it back up, I had to reread a bit before to remember what had happened with specific people, but all of it really was woven in together well so that in the end it all came together and I got just as wrapped up in at as I had been at the beginning. If I'd had more time, I would definitely have been able, and been happy, to read this over 400 page story in just a day or two. I also loved the first book in this author's first series, and I can only hope that what happened with that one, I didn't get the second one as an e-galley or ARC, doesn't happen this time and slow me down!
Calthelibrarian 5 months ago
I'M SORRY DID SOMEONE SAY VAMPIRES?? Yes, I love vampires, and yes this book is amazing. The mystery kept me on my toes and though I thought I figured out who the killer was in the beginning, boyyyy was I wrong. It was still such a good reveal and I absolutely love all the characters. But can we just talk about the romance for a second? It was one of the best written romances I've ever read, and I've read soooo many. I loved how even though Sebastian was infuriating, he never tore down the main character. He was maddening and it was amazing. Best romantic banter I've read thus far. The ending absolutely killed me. I need book 2, immediately. I MUST SEE THESE TWO HAPPY AND TOGETHER. (Also the worldbuilding was spectacular but please just read this book, you will love it!)
ElysianF 6 months ago
Well I finished it... I'm dissapointed. Here are ten quick thoughts I gave about the book; 2.5 stars. 1) It's not a vampire book, a supernatural book, nor really a romance. 2) It's a turn of the century, French Quarter, Gothic tale with a handfull of creatures, a hard headed woman, and a somewhat interesting man. Bastian was lost on thus author, she had such a great character and squandered him. 3) The author sure loves to describe everything, but doesn't let her characters actually do anything. I got a derailed, in depth description if everything in New Orleans, but the characters didn't actually do much of anything. What they did was talk or make dresses. 4) There is no HEA. Well maybe you might consider the epilogue. It's two lines and effectively reverses the last 25 or so pages. You can't have it both ways, you get one ending, you much choose!! Either way is not a HEA. 5) the title and cover don't match the story at all. Well the creatures are called the beautiful, once. 6) The story's action could have been told in 200 pages. That leaves 225 pages of description and non-action. 7) the ending angered me. I worked really hard to finish for that bullsh*t! I understand there us a book two, but why is that needed when half of this book was wasted time? 8) extremely slow pace, consistent, but slow. 9) the book is grand in atmosphere but not much else. The author could have developed the characters (all of them) in greater depth if not for the wasted descriptions of the room, the dress, the hair, the food, the sounds... 10) it's nothing like I expected or was "told" from reviews. It wasn't a waste of my time as it was a great trip through 1880's New Orleans; it just wasn't what I wanted nor what I would have chosen. I will look jnto book two, but only for soneone to spoil it for ne. I'm curious but not enough to read it.
TheWolfandBooks 7 months ago
For fans of Stalking Jack the Ripper, The Gilded Wolves, and Serpent & Dove. The Beautiful is absolutely delicious and macabre. There are bodies piling up, secret rifts between childhood friends, a strong heroine... all set in a backdrop if 19th century New Orleans. There are definitely vampires in this but they aren't running around and about exposing themselves like in The Vampire Diaries. If there were more vampires, people would say it felt forced... cheesy even. It's 1872. Vampires aren't really a things so therefore it makes perfect sense that they are in the shadows at this point. I do not want nor need a Twilight copy cat. The Beautiful sets itself apart. Celine and Sebastian aren't like any character's I've read about. Now if you read the synopsis, the word "vampire" isn't even mentioned. I never expected a single book to solely bring vampires back. To put that on one author is unreasonable. I'm OBSESSED with this book. I don't know what people expected? This is a very slow burn and introduction into the world of vampires... as it should be considering the time period. Please give this a chance. The only way vampires can make a come bac is if we allow for different types of stories to be told and not hold a single author to an impossible expectation.
bookishIN 7 months ago
I've been waiting for this one! I had been hearing the hype for Renee Ahdieh's newest book, "The Beautiful" December 2018 when Melissa Albert was discussing upcoming 2019 releases on the B&N YA podcast, and I was THRILLED to finally read the entire novel. The beginning gives you a first look at your main characters and the setting in New Orleans is dreamy and romantic, with so much imagery written into the descriptions that if you've been to Nola, you will definitely be able to place yourself right in the middle of the action. The main character, Celine, is a French seamstress, who leaves France after committing a crime she thinks will bring disgrace to her family. Celine arrives in America and with no contacts, family or money has to live in a convent and contribute to cover her lodging. Celine meets a glamorous woman in Jackson Square who asked her to design a dress for her. The adventure and high stakes take off from this jumping off point as Celine is drawn into a dark, shadowy and full of danger adventure. There is a handsome young man Celine is drawn to, details about beautiful clothes Celine once made, murders to solve and sumptuous descriptions of food-all of the making of a true Ahdieh novel! This was an engaging gothic vampire tale that is the first in four planned books. It was not quite as good as I expected with all the hype, but I still enjoyed reading it. The next book, "The Damned," releases Summer of 2020.
Kelsey Bickmore 7 months ago
Why do the bad boys always have to be too good looking? Not that this book isn't good, but it does seem like that is always the case in young adult novels. I did enjoy reading this because I do like vampires and other supernatural creatures. Celine is nice in that she is not the perfect little princess waiting to be rescued by the bad boy Bastien. She can take care of herself and she does, even when the choices she makes are not always the best because she is drawn to darkness. I liked her friendship with Pippa which provided some light points in this novel. I was not not as much a fan of the instalove/attraction between Celine and Bastien but I suppose that is inevitable due to the genre that this book is. There is lots of action and murders though, which help to balance out that attraction. I liked that. This a different New Orleans and I would really like to know more about it which is likely as this book ends with quite the cliffhanger.
Khristina Moraa 7 months ago
Unsure about this one. So, I'm not really certain how I feel about this one. All I know is that I didn't connect with the characters well enough and that is always a major deterrent for me in a book. I somehow can't bring myself to subject myself to reading a book about characters whose stories I do not enjoy to read. I will, however, concede that the premise was stellar. As well as the cover. Both were the reason I immediately clicked on this book and I was a little more than disappointed to find that it did not live up to what I thought it would be in my head. I do look forward to giving this book a second chance but I don't think that will be anytime soon. I am aware that staying away from it longer won't solve the problem but I do believe my mind needs a break.
Anonymous 8 months ago
This was good! Great characters, loved the descriptions of New Orleans. A great start to what could be a fabulous series!!! I am hoping we get more descriptive details and backstory into how the characters came to be, and the two warring immortal factions in the next book!! Vampires and New Orleans are always a must read for me!!!! I’m definitely team Bastien LOL!!
Take_Me_AwayPH 8 months ago
Normally I don't like historical fiction, but if you pair it with something I do like.... say vampires, I'll still give it a shot. And that's of course what this book did for me. And of course there's the fact that Renee Ahdieh wrote it. Because that means I HAVE to read it no matter what it's about lol Celine Rousseau has come to New Orleans to flee her past life in Paris, France. She resides now in the Ursline Convent with other girls. She is quickly swept up into society's underworld and the leader, Sebastien Saint Germain. A girl from the convent is suddenly found dead and then more bodies began popping up. Celine takes matters into her own hands and wants the killings to end. But what if she her searches reveal something a lot more sinister at play? After the sparkly vampire came out, I remember every paranormal romance wise was about vampires. It got to the point where I didn't want to read them anymore. I don't think I've read one for a good 10 years. So when this one came out, I remeber being a bit iffy. And as soon as I started readiong it, I'm not sure why I was iffy about it. This isn't the sparkly nonsense that I used to love so long ago. This one has actual eat your throat out vampires and listen, I AM HERE FOR IT. Like I stated before, I LOVE Ahdieh and will read everything she has. And this was no different. I highlighted so many passages I loved in this book and wrote down about 4 pages worth of quotes. That's normal for me with authors that I love, but normally it's when I write down longer quotes. These were fairly short and I still managed to have about 4 pages worth. It was just that good. But even with those things, the plot wasn't great. I found myself almost DNF'ing this for most of the first half of the book. I remember writing down the percentage when things really started happening and it wasn't until about 60% that they sped up, and that made me really upset. If I knew I was going to spend most of my time reading fluff, I would have skimmed that or even read something else first. Don't get me wrong, this book is good, but I could have listened to this on audio where I sped it up and probably would have liked it more. The characters were ok, but not exactly memorable. The main character Celine was good, but she ended up being the only one I liked. I wasn't even a fan of the love interest and I normally like the broody, quiet ones. They just weren't my favorites. This book took me through a lot of ups and downs, but to say I'm not a fan of two of it's hugest aspects, ple
book_junkee 9 months ago
I’m pretty much here for anything Renée writes, but I was irrationally excited for vampires and New Orleans. I really liked Celine. She’s resourceful and strong and I enjoyed reading her find herself in a new city. Bastien was interesting, but an enigma and I did love the button pushing between the two of them. There are a good amount of characters in this story, but I need about 2000% more of Odette. Plot wise, it was weird. There’s a lot of mystery and murder and the atmosphere was amazing. The descriptions of food and the city and clothing were lush and I sort of wanted to jump into the book and roll around. What I was annoyed with is the fact that nothing felt explained at the end. The reveal and reasonings didn’t make any sense to me and I’m hoping that part of it is because we’ll get more in the next book. Overall, I loved the idea and Renée’s writing and the wait for book two might be unbearable. **Huge thanks to GP Putnam’s Sons BFYR for providing the arc free of charge**
Cristine Paquette 9 months ago
3.5 stars- What i loved: Vampires are my guilty pleasure. Put a vampire in a book or tv show and I automatically love it. When I first read the synopsis for this book, I knew I had to read it the second I got my hands on it! Not only does it have vampires but it takes place in New Orleans during the 1800s. So basically I’m imagining The Originals through the whole thing. Not to mention, Renee Ahdieh is a wonderful writer who is so good at representing many cultures, ethnicities, and sexualities. The main character Celine, is a tough and smart feminist that isn’t afraid of no bully! Or wearing pants, or falling in love with a dangerous and mysterious dark gentleman who she may or may not suspect to be a blood thirsty murderer. What i didn’t love: this book was way too mysterious for me. In fact, the only reason you knew the book was about vampires was because the synopsis on the back of the book said so. They were eluded to as a mysterious and inhuman creature but the word vampire wasn’t actually said until the last 10 pages. Let me remind you, I came here for the vampires! I wanted more details on the vampires and who exactly they were.
Belle Aurora 9 months ago
I am a huge fan of vampires! The synopsis caught my interest and I couldn't wait to read this. My consensus: it was okay. The author starts the story out where I am intrigued and wanting to know more about the characters and the world I am being brought into. Sadly, I couldn't connect with the characters and there was just something missing. While descriptive so I can paint a clear picture, it falls short. We don't go deeper into our main characters, we don't explore the world and its residences, and the love triangle was not really done well. The plot is not there. I really wanted to love it but it's an okay read. I will be willing to read the next one to see if it gets better but we shall see.
hufflepuffilicious_books 9 months ago
Oh this book has so much potential, but it kind of fell flat in some areas. I really was interested in the book and it was pretty fast paced, with plenty going on. Although the plot itself felt like it didn’t go anywhere and there was too much filler. Celine is a good character who doesn’t always follow the rules, but is trying to find a place in the world after an incident in Paris causes her to flee to New Orleans. Sebastian is your typical brooding YA love interest. I wasn’t really his biggest fan. I also found the world building to be lacking. You don’t find out what kind of creatures the members of La Cour des Lions are, and there’s not a lot of details about them. When I read a paranormal story, I want to know everything about the creatures and how they work. Can they go in the sun? What do they eat? Do they sparkle? (haha just kidding). You’re told who the vampires and other creatures are, but there are no back stories or anything else. Also there’s a love triangle and I HATE love triangles. Celine starts out hating both of these romantic interests, but then changes her mind in about 10 minutes. Which isn’t really convincing. There’s going to be a sequel which will probably answer a lot of the questions I have. I hope there’s a little more purpose to the plot.
kmg7777 9 months ago
The Beautiful starts off in compelling fashion, following Celine as she flees her life in Paris for the sultry melting pot of New Orleans in the 1780s. The scenery and settings are described sumptuously, making for a city of years past that you can practically see. Celine is a strong female character and loyal to her friend Pippa, who came over with her from the Old World to live at a convent while striving for a better life. But it isn't long before darkness draws Celine into its fold and sees her as a pawn in a game among immortals. This is the point where the book gets stuck in neutral for me. You don't really know why Celine is a target, just that she is and she spends her time flitting in and out of parties and the headquarters of La Coeur de Lion trying to deduce why someone is out to get her while falling in love with Bastien, a dark moody young man that has the whole city in thrall. While the reason Celine is being hunted is disclosed by the end of the book I felt more than a little confused and the ending didn't help any. I can tell that Ahdieh left it open-ended to provide a next chapter to the story, and yet in the same regard created closure that makes me wonder just how many characters in this story will be a part of the next one.